Tips for a Green, Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day
Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 8:00 am
This St. Patrick’s Day, why not have a green celebration that goes beyond what you wear or how you decorate your party? There are tons of ways to have an eco-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration without having to sacrifice too many of the traditions you already enjoy! Below are a few tips for “greener” meals, drinks, activities and more!
Buy Organic Beer
For adults, beer is a major part of many St. Patrick’s Day festivities. This year, why not give an organic brewery a try? These beers are made with organic hops and are typically brewed in a sustainable facility. If organic is difficult to find in your area, try drinking at a local brewery. This is more environmentally friendly since there are smaller transport costs.
If it’s an absolute tradition to enjoy the commercial brands, order one from the tap when you’re out at a restaurant. It isn’t as wasteful as bottles or cans. If you’re enjoying a bottled or canned beer, be sure to recycle! Check out our suggestions for natural ways to make a green beer!
Cut Back on the Meat!
Many traditional Irish dishes require meat and lots of it. The raising and processing of meat takes quite a toll of the environment. Traditional dishes like beef stew or shepherd’s pie can still be enjoyed with just a little less meat (or none at all). Like making beef stew? Use more veggies and less meat, or have a hearty vegetable stew instead. You can also use a meat substitute like seitan or tofu in place of the beef. Is shepherd’s pie your go to on St. Patty’s Day? Try making a veggie shepherd’s pie with organic vegetables.
Do you or your kids enjoy decorating the house with green clovers and leprechauns? Instead of buying commercial decorations, you can have fun at home making your own. Use paper grocery bags to color or paint 4-leaf clovers and leprechauns, cut them out, and have fun decorating!
Plant Some Green!
What better day to celebrate your green lifestyle than St. Patrick’s Day? This year, buy some organic seeds and add to your garden! You could even buy some organic clover seeds! Clover makes your lawn appear greener since it stays green even when your lawn has gone brown. It holds moisture, smells great, and even attracts bees, which would be helpful in your garden! Next year, you and your kids can have fun hunting for the elusive 4-leaf clover!